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Vatinee Y. Bunya, MD

Vatinee Y. Bunya, MD Physician

Co-Director, Penn Dry Eye & Ocular Surface Center Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Languages spoken:

  • Spanish
  • Thai

Dr. Bunya is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Vatinee Y. Bunya

Research interests include dry eye research and Sjogren's syndrome

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Clinical Specialties


  • Ophthalmology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Ophthalmology, 2007

Clinical Expertise:

  • Anterior Segment Surgery
  • Artificial Cornea (Boston Keratoprosthesis)
  • Blepharitis
  • Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye)
  • Cornea and External Eye Disorders
  • Corneal Disorders
  • Corneal Transplant (Keratoplasty)
  • Corneal Ulcers
  • Dry Eyes
  • Eye Corneal Injuries
  • Eye Inflammation
  • Eye Microsurgery
  • Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)
  • Routine Eye Exam

Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Bunya is the Co-Director of the Penn Dry Eye & Ocular Surface Center. She cares for patients with dry eye, Sjogren's syndrome, and other disorders that affect the ocular surface.

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Superior Vision Benefit Mgmt, Inc (Block Vision)
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Scripps Mercy Hospital
Residency: Wills Eye Hospital
Fellowship: Wills Eye Hospital


American Academy of Ophthalmology, National Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, International Cornea Society, National Greater Philadelphia Ophthalmic Society (GPOS), Local Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society (TFOS), International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Bunya is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Dr. Bunya has extensive experience in the study of dry eye and diseases that affect the ocular surface and eyelids. She also has a special interest in the study of Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that classically causes dry eye and dry mouth. Dr. Bunya has been the principal investigator for several dry eye clinical trials. She currently is working to develop better ways to measure dry eye and to screen patients for Sjogren's syndrome.

Key Words
Dry eye, Sjogren's syndrome, meibomian gland dysfunction

Selected Publications:

Bunya VY, Fernandez KB, Ying GS, Massaro-Giordano M, Macchi I, Sulewski ME, Hammersmith KM, Nagra PK, Rapuano CJ, Orlin SE.: Survey of Ophthalmologists Regarding Practice Patterns for Dry Eye and Sjogren Syndrome. Eye Contact Lens Epub ahead of print : 2018.

O’Neil EC, Huang J, Suhler EB, Dunn JP, Perez VL, Gritz DC, McWilliams K, Peskin E, Ying GS, Bunya V, Maguire MG, Kempen JH.: Iontophoretic Delivery of Dexamethasone Phosphate for Non-infectious, Non-necrotizing Anterior Scleritis, Dose-Finding Clinical Trial. Brit J Ophthalmol, in press. British Journal of Ophthalmology : 2018.

Bunya VY, Chen M, Zheng Y, Massaro-Giordano M, Gee J, Daniel E, O'Sullivan R, Smith E, Stone RA, Maguire MG: Development and Evaluation of Semiautomated Quantification of Lissamine Green Staining of the Bulbar Conjunctiva From Digital Image JAMA Ophthalmology 135 (10): 1078-1085,2017.

Stapleton F1, Alves M2, Bunya VY3, Jalbert I4, Lekhanont K5, Malet F6, Na KS7, Schaumberg D8, Uchino M9, Vehof J10, Viso E11, Vitale S12, Jones L13.: TFOS DEWS II Epidemiology Report Ocular Surface 15 (3): 334-365,2017.

Derham AM1, Chen E, Bunya VY, OʼMalley RE.: Bilateral Herpetic Keratitis After Bilateral Intravitreal Bevacizumab for Exudative Macular Degeneration Cornea 36 (7): 878-879,2017.

Bunya VY1, Iwabe S2, Macchi I3, Massaro-Giordano M1, Pistilli M1, Aguirre GD2.: Tolerability of Topical Tocilizumab Eyedrops in Dogs: A Pilot Study Journal Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics : epub ahead of print,2017.

OʼSullivan R1, Tom LM, Bunya VY, Nyberg WC, Massaro-Giordano M, Daniel E, Smith E, Brainard DH, Gee J, Maguire MG, Stone RA.: Use of Crossed Polarizers to Enhance Images of the Eyelids Cornea 36 (5): 631-635,2017.

Shiboski CH1, Baer AN2, Shiboski SC3, Lam M3, Challacombe S4, Lanfranchi HE5, Schiødt M6, Shirlaw P4, Srinivasan M7, Umehara H8, Vivino FB9, Akpek E2, Bunya V9, Vollenweider CF10, Greenspan JS1, Daniels TE1, Criswell LA11; Sjögren's International Collaborative Clinical Alliance (SICCA) Research Groups.: Natural history and Predictors of Progression to Sjögren's Syndrome Among Participants of the SICCA registry Arthritis Care Research : epub ahead of print,2017.

Bunya VY1, Bhosai SJ2, Heidenreich AM3, Kitagawa K4, Larkin GB5, Lietman TM2, Gaynor BD2, Akpek EK6, Massaro-Giordano M7, Srinivasan M8, Porco TC2, Whitcher JP2, Shiboski SC9, Criswell LA10, Shiboski CH11; Sjögren's International Collaborative Clinical Alliance (SICCA) Study Group.: Association of Dry Eye Tests With Extraocular Signs Among 3514 Participants in the Sjögren's Syndrome International Registry American Journal of Ophthalmology 172 : 87-93,2016.

Bunya VY, Bhosai SJ, Heidenreich AM, Kitagawa K, Larkin GB, Lietman TM, Gaynor BD, Akpek EK, Massaro-Giordano M, Srinivasan M, Porco TC, Whitcher JP, Shiboski SC, Criswell LA, Shiboski CH; SICCA study group: Association of dry eye tests with extra-ocular signs among 3,514 participants in the Sjögren's Syndrome International Registry. Am J Ophthalmol : 2016.

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Academic Contact Info

Scheie Eye Institute
51 North 39th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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